C.B.H. ARC Reviews: Wicked Charm By Amber Hart

C.B.H. ARC Reviews: Wicked Charm By Amber Hart

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Title: Wicked Charm
Author: Amber Hart
Release Date: January 30th, 2018
Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads

**Disclaimer: I received an ARC Copy via NetGalley and Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my views whatsoever.**

Synopsis

Nothing good comes from living in the Devil’s swamp.

Willow Bell thinks moving to the Okefenokee area isn’t half bad, but nothing prepares her for what awaits in the shadows of the bog.

Girls are showing up dead in the swamp. And she could be next.

Everyone warns Willow to stay away from Beau Cadwell—the bad boy at the top of their suspect list as the serial killer tormenting the small town.

But beneath his wicked, depthless eyes, there’s something else that draws Willow to him.

When yet another girl he knew dies, though, Willow questions whether she can trust her instincts…or if they’re leading to her own death.

My Review

I’m not going to lie, I had a rough time reading this book. Willow could not stop thinking about Beau. Not even when people were dying around her did she even stop to think, “Hm, all of these girls were involved with this guy. This is clearly not a good idea to be around him.” But obviously romance was more on her mind than intellectual thinking.

This was pitched to be a contemporary suspenseful romance novel….was. Willow is warned by her grandmother in the beginning of the book to steer clear of Beau and his family, that they are of the devil. Kids at school warn her to stay away from him since he is a notorious player who goes through girls like water. Instead, she heads straight toward the snake and believes she will not get bitten.

The trope of the player falling for the new girl because she is “not like other girls” runs rampant through the novel while Beau and Willow grow closer together. I could not get into them. I couldn’t, no matter how hard I tried and believe me, I tried. But when a guy’s ex-girlfriends seem to be popping up dead in the swamp by his home, I’d run to the hills.

The book leans to more on the romance side than the suspense/mystery aspects. The writing style was alright, the descriptions were fantastic, but the execution of the mystery was lacking. If she would have focused more on it, I think it would have been a solid 10/10 for me. Now, however, I’ll be sure to steer clear of the swamps in Georgia. You never know what or whom may be lurking in the shadows.

Rating 5

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

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Blog Tour ARC Review: Sugar Lump By Megan Gaudino

Blog Tour ARC Review: Sugar Lump By Megan Gaudino

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Title: Sugar Lump
Author: Megan Gaudino
Release Date: January 10th, 2018
Available: Amazon/Goodreads

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old travel blogger CC is stuck on a never-ending road trip with her wanderlust-addicted father. When her dad lands the job of his dreams in Sugar Lump—wedding capital of the world—CC finally finds a place to call home. Complete with two quirky best friends and a quixotic guy to crush on, Sugar Lump is more shades of perfect than she can possibly count.

But when CC accidentally overhears the mayor complaining that she has to “take out” a rogue employee for not fulfilling the terms of his contract, the idyllic town’s facade crumbles. Devastated by the possibility of having to move yet again, CC discovers everyone has been keeping a massive secret from her—including her own father.

 

My Review

Travel blogger C.C. and her father move into a small town where everything seems to be “perfect”. Perfect neighbors, perfect bakery job, perfect friends, etc.. Warning signs begin to pop up for the girl, though, when her father immediately changes his actions around his daughter. That is, she should have noticed them as warning signs that something was seriously up. Ok, at first I was like….

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Then the novel began to take a turn when one overheard conversation cracks the armor of this perfect little town. Cue in more Stepford Wives!

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This is a pretty unique YA novel that stands out on it’s own and keeps you guessing. I’m assuming it’s a standalone but the ending leaves you wondering could there be more? Is there more to the resolution we are given? I MUST KNOW!

Try this novel out if you are into YA Mysteries that will keep you on your toes!

 

Rating 8

 

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Happy Reading,

~C.C.

C.B.H. ARC Review: Pretty Dead Girls By Monica Murphy

C.B.H. ARC Review: Pretty Dead Girls By Monica Murphy

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Title: Pretty Dead Girls
Author: Monica Murphy
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads

*Disclaimer – I received an ARC copy courtesy of Entangled Publishing & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Synopsis

Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

My Review

We are told throughout the novel that nothing happens in the small Northern Californian town of Cape Bonita. MURDER doesn’t happen in Cape Bonita. For a society of popular high school girls called “The Larks”, their world is about to be rocked by the senior Larks being killed off one by one. By who, you may ask? Penelope, President of the Larks, is searching for answers.

This story is told from the perspective of Penelope and the killer. The gender reveal of the killer happened quite early in the novel to my dismay. I wished this detail remained anonymous due to it narrowing down my personal list of suspects.

These group of girls, specifically the seniors, are not what you would call role models….oh what am I even doing, these girls are savage. Well, except for Dani and Penelope. Gretchen, Courtney, and Lexi are another incarnation of the original Mean Girls themselves minus being-

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I flew through the book rather quickly. My main problems with this book was the dialogue, the extremely strange information dumping sessions, and, I hate to say it, but underwhelming reveal at the end. The motivations behind the killer’s actions reminded me of the classic horror movie Prom Night.

Penelope’s dialogue is strange and I had a hard time staying connected with her. I don’t know if it’s because I’m an adult or what, but there were times where I rolled my eyes and longed to tell her to get over herself. The information dumping sessions she would throw at you made no sense. It’s like “ok, what is the point of you talking about this? It has nothing to do with this current situation.” This didn’t happen on one occasion either, this was a continuous loop.

Mind you, this was the unreleased draft. These problems are probably fixed, but they constantly bothered me. Other than these issues, it’s worth the read.

 

Rating 6

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

C.H.B. ARC Review & Guest Post: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats

C.H.B. ARC Review & Guest Post: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats

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Title: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats
Author: Carla Rehse
Available: Amazon/B&N/Add To Goodreads
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Witches must bond with humans in order to produce children—and once the bond is made, it cannot easily be broken. Imagine seventeen-year-old Gracie Mason’s surprise when she accidentally bonds with a witch named Asher. Sure, he’s cute, but that’s
beside the point. She’s not gonna settle for a guy just because she’s magically bound to him.

To dissolve the bond, Gracie must seek out another witch to perform a magical rite. However, matters become considerably more complicated when witches begin turning up dead. Wanting nothing more than to get on with her life, Gracie must now team up with her new witchy friend and wade deeper into a complex world of enchantment and intrigue.

Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats is an enthralling story of magic, mystery, and murder—and each new twist will draw you further under its spell.

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Although not a native Texan, Carla prides herself on having mastered the correct usage of “y’all” and “bless your heart.” Carla is owned by a persnickety kitty, who rules the computer keyboard and only allows Carla to write when demands for cat treats are met.

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This zany story follows young teenage witch, Gracie, and a slew of unfortunate events. No, not the Baudelaire orphans type, but more of a “Sabrina-isk” type mashed with a mystery. Gracie is the teenage witch where she turns up in places at the wrong time.

After entering a male witch, Asher’s, circle while she was attempting a break in, she ends up being bonded to him for life. Then she is dragged into his family drama of his family member’s mysteriously dying. Who and what are causing this?

This book is full of laughs and you’ll enjoy this pleasant ride with Gracie and Asher!

8/10 Book Charms!

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C.H.B. ARC Review: The New Dark By Lorraine Thomson

C.H.B. ARC Review: The New Dark By Lorraine Thomson

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Title: The New Dark
Author: Lorraine Thomson
Release Date: November 1st, 2017
Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads

**Disclaimer – I received an ARC copy via Bastei Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever. **

NetGalley Description

“She thought she knew who she was and where she came from.Then her home was destroyed. Her brother lost amongst the ashes. And the boy she loves vanished. She owed her own survival to a mutant — the very forces behind the destruction. Now Sorrel will never be the same again.”

There is no “Before”, there is only “Now”. Because now there’s no internet, no TV, no power grid. Food is scarce, and the world’s a hostile place. But Sorrel lives a quiet life in the tiny settlement of Amat. It’s all she’s ever known …

Until a gang of marauding mutants destroys the village, snatching her brother Eli, and David, her boyfriend. Sorrel sets out after them, embarking on a journey fraught with danger. Can she survive? The only thing that keeps her going is Eli and David. They are out there somewhere. They must be alive. And if she has her way, she will find them.

My Review

Times are changing when it comes to popular genres. A few years ago, Dystopian reigned supreme on the shelves and now they are beginning to fall short of their former glory. I had very high expectations for this Fantasy/Dystopian that was met with….well…problems.

Sorrel is set on a journey after her village, Amat, is attacked by vicious mutants. She barely escapes then goes on a search for her younger brother Eli and love interest David after they disappear after the raid. We begin to learn a little about the world before the mutants when technology reigned supreme. However, we do not really receive much of an explanation as to where the mutants come from in this world or even what happened to rupture the world as we once knew it.

The story’s perspective is told between Sorrel and David. Sorrel has major character flaws that drove me crazy. She was completely immature in the beginning and maybe she’ll grow up in the second book, who knows. She never gave more insight upon her mysterious birthmark or showed much growth in my opinion. David didn’t do much for me either.

The story is simple and fast paced, but it left too many questions behind and not enough answers. I kept getting frustrated for the lack of information and clarity on the past. If it didn’t have all those issues, I think I’d want to read the second book….as of right now I think it’s a pass for me.

 

Rating 2

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

ARC Review – Haven By: Mary Lindsey

ARC Review – Haven By: Mary Lindsey

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Title: Haven
Author: Mary Lindsey
Published Date: November 7th, 2017
Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads

**Disclaimer – I received this book via NetGalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever.**

 

Goodreads Description

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.”

My Review

First of all, this cover is AMAZING! When I first laid eyes on it on the NetGalley site I knew I had to look into it. Rain is an orphan moving to the town of New Wurzburg, hoping to find a place where he can actually be himself. He hides behind his pseudo “beast” side to protect himself from those around him until he comes across Freddie. Freddie is first introduced to us as this mystery girl who is surrounded by rumors, police telling Rain to stay away, and threats from people he doesn’t know.

This book is a thriller, romance, and filled with a new twist on the supernatural. How? You’ll have to find out….

 

Rating 10

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

C.B.H. Quick ARC Review: Gray Wolf Island By Tracey Neithercott

C.B.H. Quick ARC Review: Gray Wolf Island By Tracey Neithercott

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Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads

Release Date: October 10th, 2017

**Disclaimer – I received this book via NetGalley and Knopf Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review whatsoever.**

Goodreads Description/Synopsis

Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.

My Review

If you had a chance to go with your friends on a search for treasure and a journey filled with mystery, secrets, death, and unpredictable consequences? If you said yes, this is the book for you! Huge thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Books for the opportunity to read this masterful tale!

Ruby is fulfilling her twin sister’s dying wish to search for a mysterious treasure that is hidden somewhere on Gray Wolf Island. She joins a group of strange friends in order to find this treasure and uncover the truth behind it. I had to read this book twice, it was so good!

Tracey Neithercott is a masterful storyteller with her debut novel! The prose and delivery is fantastic. I connected with each of the characters and couldn’t help but want them to succeed in their search. If you haven’t added this to your Goodreads TBR list or ordered it, do it!

 

Rating 10

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.